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Spring 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012Archipelagos and Words: A Tribute to Édouard Glissant

Friday, February 24, 2012: Annual Graduate Conference, Ph.D. Program in French: "Sentimental Geographies"

Friday, March 2, 2012: “An Incandescent Atmosphere”: Internationalist Cinema for Today, a talk by Professor Nicole Brenez (University of Paris 3/Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Friday, March 16, 2012: Reception with the French Embassy. Room 4202.

Monday, April 2, 2012:  “Paulette and Virginie in the Indian Ocean: Rethinking the Known and the Uncertain,” a talk by Françoise Lionnet (Professor University of California at Los Angeles). Rooms 9204-9205.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012: "The Paradoxical Community: Locating Contemporary French Poetry," a talk by Jérôme Game (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies, American University of Paris). Room 4202.

Tuesday, April 24, Wednesday, April 25, and Monday, April 30: Haïti - Rencontres : Un séminaire multiculturel, with an exhibit curated by Cidihca and the United Haitian Artists and talks by Jean-Daniel Rainhorn and Syto Cavé. Concourse Rooms C204-205 and Martin E. Segal Theatre.
 

Event Descriptions


Archipelagos and Words: A Tribute to Édouard Glissant
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Join us to celebrate the works and words of Édouard Glissant, one of the most original and illuminating thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries. A reading by students from his courses and poetry clubs (in French with parts in translation), will be punctuated  by musical interludes performed by his son Olivier Glissant. Mary Ann Caws will open and close the reading. 

Martin Segal Theatre, 6:00-8:00pm

Annual Graduate Conference, Ph.D. Program in French: "Sentimental Geographies"
Friday, February 24, 2012

A graduate conference organized by the Ph.D. Program in French, featuring research presentations and a poetry reading by Sylvie Kandé.

Martin Segal Theatre

“An Incandescent Atmosphere”: Internationalist Cinema for Today, a talk by Professor Nicole Brenez (University of Paris 3/Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Friday, March 2, 2012

"An Incandescent Atmosphere" explores the theory and practice of Internationalist Cinema, a historically-anchored form of political filmmaking which emerges from the belief that isolated sites of struggle are linked by a profound continuum of social and aesthetic concerns. 

"One speaks of political passion as of an immediate impulse to action which is born on the permanent and organic terrain of economic life but which transcends it, bringing into play feelings and hopes in an incandescent atmosphere in which the very calculation of individual human life obeys laws different from those of individual profit."* [Antonio Gramsci, Carnets de prison 6-9, tr. M. Aymard and P. Fulchignoni, Paris, Gallimard, 1983, p. 334. Quotation from Carnet 8, written in 1931-32.]

This talk is one of the inaugural events in “French Cinema: History, Theory, Politics,” an ongoing series of cross-campus lectures sponsored by Columbia University and the Graduate Center. It is being held in conjunction with a ten-day retrospective of Internationalist Films curated by Nicole Brenez for Anthology Film Archives, and with a talk Professor Brenez will give at Columbia University on Thursday, March 1st.

Room 4202, 4:00-6:00pm

“Paulette and Virginie in the Indian Ocean: Rethinking the Known and the Uncertain,” a talk by Françoise Lionnet (Professor University of California at Los Angeles)
Monday, April 2, 2012

Rooms 9204-9205, 5:00pm

 

"The Paradoxical Community: Locating Contemporary French Poetry," a talk by Jérôme Game (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies,  American University of Paris)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This paper looks at recent theorizations of the notion of community in order to identify some of the ethical and political strategies at work in contemporary French poetry.

Jérôme Game is a French writer. He was born in 1971 in Paris, where he lives after spending several years in the United States and England (where he received his Ph.D. (Cambridge University), and worked as a researcher (UCLA). Since 2000, he has published a dozen books and given numerous poetry readings in various countries (France, the UK, Turkey, the US, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, China, Italy). He is also the author of theoretical texts on experimental literature and contemporary aesthetics. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies at the American University of Paris, and currently Visiting Scholar at NYU, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University. Recent publications: Sous influence. Ce que l’art contemporain fait à la littérature (mac/val, 2012), La Fille du Far West (mac/val, 2012), Poetic Becomings. Studies in contemporary French literature (Peter Lang, 2011), ça tire (livre + CD, Al Dante, 2008). Web sites :

http://www.al-dante.org/content/view/54/ http://www.aup.edu/faculty/dept/film/game.htm

Room 4202, 6:30pm.

Haïti - Rencontres : Un séminaire multiculturel presented by the Henri Peyre French Institute and the Graduate Center of CUNY

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Port-au-Prince, Debout ( 1803 – 2010) : Historical & Pictorial Exhibit. Cidihca and the United Haitian Artists (curator). Concourse Rooms C204-205. 6pm-8pm.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012: "Un autre regard sur l’épidémie de choléra en Haiti," a talk by Jean-Daniel Rainhorn (Université de Genève, auteur de Haïti, réinventer l'avenir).Concourse Rooms C204-205, 6pm-8pm.

Monday, April 30, 2012: "Entre Théâtre et Littérature : Syto Cavé, une auto-rétrospective," with Syto Cavé. Martin E. Segal Theatre, 6pm-8pm.